If you are not familiar with the app “Monkey”, please educate yourself.  This app allows teens to have video chats with complete strangers.  Each chat is 10 seconds long, but can be lengthened if each user decides to add more time.

From Commonsensemedia.org, “Before connecting, teens will see the age and gender of the potential friend, and they can accept the video chat or not. The terms of service allow users ages 13 and older, but there’s no verification of age. Personal information is collected and can be shared with third parties. Read the privacy policy for more information about the information collected and shared.”

Parents should always know who their kids are talking to online and this app obviously makes that more difficult.  In addition, we have all seen the stories of kids meeting strangers online in apps like this one and ending tragically.  In addition the likelihood of you child being exposed to something wildly inappropriate is enormous.